Rumor Roundup – Saturday, February 11, 2012.

The latest from TSN and The Globe and Mail.

Could the Kings move Jack Johnson?

TSN.CA: Darren Dreger recently reported the Columbus Blue Jackets received just one offer for unhappy center Jeff Carter so far, and it was a low one at that, though Dreger didn’t elaborate as to what it was and which team made it…Dreger also believes we’ll see more player movement in the days leading up to the trade deadline…The names of Buffalo Sabres forwards Derek Roy, Brad Boyes and Paul Gaustad remain in the rumor mill. Some believe the Detroit Red Wings could have interest in Gaustad or Montreal’s Travis Moen…Columbus goalie Steve Mason is available…The Islanders aren’t shopping goalie Evgeni Nabokov…Avalanche center Paul Stastny’s name is often tossed around in trade rumors, but with the Avs currently battling for a playoff spot, they need him…There’s no reason to believe the LA Kings are shopping defenseman Jack Johnson.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Eric Duhatschek points to several factors slowing this year’s trade market heading up to the trade deadline. One is the small number of “sellers” this year, while the teams which are considered sellers (Columbus, Edmonton) aren’t in the market for draft picks, as they’re looking for players to help them now. Another is that the return teams have received for moving big name players in the recent past (like Marian Hossa and Ilya Kovalchuk) weren’t as good as had been expected. Another is more GMs aren’t looking toward the trade deadline to build up their rosters as much as they used to, preferring to look instead toward the draft…Duhatschek also suggested forward Ryan Malone could be on the move if the Tampa Bay Lightning falter …

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sure, Carter could be moved at the trade deadline, but I still believe the earliest it could happen is this summer…If the Sabres continue to roll as they have over the past six games, they might not be too keen to move Roy, Boyes, Gaustad or anyone else…I doubt there’ll be much interest in Mason…Stastny won’t be shopped as long as the Avs stay in the playoff hunt…I concur with Dreger’s take on Johnson…Malone could be shopped, but recent indications from Tampa Bay suggest GM Steve Yzerman will hang onto him. We’ll find out soon enough.


  1. Bugsy has a NTC.

  2. Saying Mason is available is like saying I’m available as a FA pickup for a long playoff run. There absolutely zero value in either one of us. But I would be a whole lot cheaper. Offer me a seat in the press box and I’ll sign.

  3. I would still take Mason over Bryzgalov,at least he’s not there until 2020 with a 5.6 cap hit

  4. But, gravitymike, I hear you still have potential at least, LOL!

    I’ll take my own teams GM to task here (David Poile), but this criticism could apply to other GM’s as well. If you know your team has a hole to fill in the lineup (a scoring forward in the Preds case) and sit out the UFA market and the summer trade market as well, with the thought that you’ll be able to make a deal at the trade deadline, then you deserve to be left out in the cold when the predictable event of there not being many sellers come February rolls around. One could easily come to the conclusion that some GM’s really don’t want to make any deals in the first place (falling in love with their draft picks is possibly the #1 downfall for many GM’s) and just get provided a convenient excuse as to why they didn’t get any deals done by there not being many sellers at the trade deadline.

    But, as often happens when people try to be smart by half, being disengenous comes back to bite GM’s in the behind. Now, Poile may well lose Suter to free agency because he didn’t add any player of significance to the roster to make a serious run at the Cup, and as a result of very possibly losing Suter, Weber will take a walk the following season. Hope Poile enjoys all those cherished Dmen draft picks he’s hoarded over the years that he’s refused to part with in any trades, because he’ll be watching them play alot.

  5. I don’t see how Eric Duhatshek can say dealing for Ilya was not successful. Although his contract is very long, I’d rather have Kovalchuk (157gp/139pts since playing in Jersey) then Bergfors, Oduya, Cormier and a mid round 1st. Those are nuts and bolts, Kovalchuk’s a cog.

  6. This strong run for the Sabres is the worst thing that could happen to them. All it will do is mask the real problems below the surface that have to be exorcised if this team is going to ever make a serious run at the Cup. They need to crash and burn so that the problems can be more easily identified.

  7. Regarding the Kings

    Jack Johnson: He just signed a very affordable long-term deal. Also note that he represented himself in the negotiation. If Johnson is dealt, it will likely be because he was a key piece in a MAJOR deal and HAD to be included to make the deal happen. Other than that, I don’t see it happening.

    Dustin Penner: I’m watching the Islanders Kings game. Penner is a healthy scratch. I suspect that Penner would be the first part of any deal. They’d have to move Penner to clear cap space to take on any major salary in return.

  8. What about the Bruins trading a Krecji for carter or possibly maybe one of the leafs?

  9. Agree with Robert Esquire we need to lose get a high pick and plan for the future. Right now trading Stafford, Roy, Goose and Miller (Enroth is the best goalie in the league that isn’t a starter other than Rask) should be our focus not trying to get into 8th and get beat by Rangers or Bruins (I know 6-0, but they never play inspired hockey like that on a regular basis)…